Trailblazer Travel Books
Trailblazer Travel Books a series of five recreational guides for the Hawaiian Islands plus one each for Sierra Nevada, and San Francisco. They are published by California-based Diamond Valley Company and written by Janine and Jerry Sprout. In 2012, they published "No Worries Paris: A Photographic Walking Guide." Janine Sprout is of French heritage and has photographed the city over a period of decades.
It should not be confused with the UK travel book publisher Trailblazer.
The guides are aimed at the independent, adventurous travelers. The Sprouts have spent years developing the content and publish revised or new editions yearly. Aside from being well-organized resources for travelers, Trailblazers seek to support the economy based around cultural sites and recreational resources, thereby helping to preserve them.
The books are comprehensive when it comes to outdoor muscle-powered sports—hiking, biking, skiing, kayaking, snorkeling, and surfing. They also include historic town strolls, gardens, museums, popular tourist attractions, and archeological sites. Trailblazers also include standard guidebook fare, such as accommodations and restaurants, though they tend to limit this section to the top places. More than 200 photos and maps illustrate the text. They also publish, No Worries Hawaii, a vacation planning guide for Kauai, Oahu, Maui, and the Big Island, which, among other things, includes a "self-test" that allows readers unfamiliar with the Islands to select the locale that works best for them.
In 2013, they plan to publish, "Lifeguide: How to Find the Way to Where You Want to Be," the company's first venture into the self-help genre. Also in the works is "No Worries Portland: A Photographic Walking Guide." Jerry Sprout is an Oregon native.
The Sprouts have traveled the American West together for more than thirty years. Janine, of French descent, is an award-winning photographer and a graphic designer who has work has included Harry Potter. She studied at UC Davis, California College of Arts and Crafts, Universita de Bella Arte (Perugia), and Oregon School of Arts & Crafts. She also headed the Nevada State Museum's public information department. Jerry is a Stanford graduate (football scholarship) who worked as a newspaper reporter in San Rafael, California. He is a former licensed psychologist who evaluated youth programs for several California counties, and later was an administrator at the largest private program for high-risk male juvenile offenders. His novel, American Boys Camp, was purchased by Universal Studios.
- Official Trailblazer Travel Books website
- Official Trailblazer Travel Books blog site
- Official Trailblazer Travel Book blog site for Paris